The month of March has been mean to West Ham fans so far. They’ve been on the receiving end of three 4-0 drubbings, albeit against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, three of the best teams in the league. The Independent report that Alan Curbishley is far from a happy bunny, although it’s just as much to do with the way the media are manipulating what he says than the poor performances from his lacklustre team.
“I accept being West Ham manager is high-profile – certainly when you lose three games 4-0, that’s even worse,” Curbishley said. “I talk openly and honestly but it can get twisted and I think it has been twisted in recent weeks.
“I’ve called for one or two people to be realistic, especially the press,” Curbishley said. “I’m not saying I shouldn’t be criticised, let’s not get that wrong, but I’m a West Ham fan so I feel for everybody as much as they feel and I’m desperately trying to do as well as I can.”
He added: “I do think that perhaps there is a little bit of an agenda out there at the moment and it’s directed not just at the team but me personally.”
Surely Curbs has enough experience as a manager to be a bit less sensitive? It’s clear that in this world of fake exclusives and fevered speculation, you often have to take what’s being reported with several pinches of salt. One thing’s for sure, West Ham need a positive result against Blackburn on Saturday which would ward against the perceived ‘media agenda’ continuing, at least in the short-term.